Liberty High School (Bealeton, VA)
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At Liberty High School, we are a multiple offense that utilizes a number of personnel groupings, and a very wide array of formational sets. From these formations we utilize multiple man, zone and gap run schemes and 6 and 7 man pass protections. Finally, we have combined these schemes with both traditional I back / single back backfield movements, and contemporary shotgun multi-read backfield movements.
This is a lot of offense. We understand that, but we do it for one simple purpose: to attack the defense. We are constantly drawing, debating, and adapting our scheme to better fit our personnel. One of these adaptations, the "Orbit" motion, has been an integral component to our attack.
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On the first day of its installation, our players are taught to motion flat towards the interior of the formation from their alignment building speed as they go. As they enter the tackle box, they are to "spring" off of their foot closest to the LOS and attack behind the deepest back, controlling their speed to achieve the position desirable for the particular play called at the moment of the snap. We condense that rhetoric for our players by teaching them to "run the arc." If they are aligned in a tight slot, or wing position, we teach them to run the arc from that spot.
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? Motion player is the Pitch Man
? Motion player is the Swing Route
? Motion player is a decoy.
Pitch: In the instance that they are motioning to become the pitch man, we are attempting to attack a numbers advantage in the defense’s run-support scheme. By motioning across the formation, we can both attack the defenses flank by pitching the ball, and force a distortion in their run-fits which will create a favorable match-up or running lane.
Swing Route: When a pass is called, we utilize the orbit motion for several reasons. The first is to gain a swiftly expanding flat-route to provide a check-down, or what we call "rush" route for our QB. The next reason the player runs a swing route is to win the numbers advantage against the defenses coverage scheme. By adding one more receiver to their defenders in coverage, we may be able to free someone up. In addition, the Orbit Swing is to create conflict in the defensive secondary’s eye/read progression, and create space for a front-side or back-side deep route (what we call ‘rhythm’ throws).
Decoy: The final why scenario to explain is the simplest. The motion player is orbiting to establish a pre-snap focal point for the defense that is moving away from the attack point of the play called. His job is to hold an unblocked edge player, or force over pursuit. This can be anything from an inside run, and outside run opposite, to a screen pass.
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Scott, very good stuff here. Quick question for you: At what speed do you coach your players to go in motion? Full Speed? Half Speed? How are you able to help your Quarterback time up the pitch based on the different speed of the backs/ receivers? Thanks!
Thanks for the comment. YOUR speed will come with repetition and the comfort you feel in your center's shotgun snap. What we tell our QB's is that we want the pitch man at 1x4 when the ball is in our hands, so that we can have the C-Gap defender outleveraged in case of a quick pitch. For our motion man, we try to tell him to build up speed as he runs towards the box, and we would like him to "spring" off the LOS and accelerate to the 1x4 point so that he is going 3/4 of his full potential speed when the ball is caught by the QB.
Given that you do use the orbit motion out of a flexbone look, how often do you utilize the option? And for the Rocket sweep, do you zone block it?
Thanks for the comment. We used to use the flexbone look as a base formation set in our offense. It definitely contributed to our evolution offensively, but we no longer use the flexbone, we are much more of a multiple offense now. In the past, when our former head coach was running the offense, he did not use triple option, and occasionally used speed option. On the rocket sweep scheme, we taught a full-reach technique that was similar to an outside zone concept, however the emphasis was put much more on losing ground to "gain" the next defender outside. Again we no longer run these schemes, but I hope it helps!